Brighton Beach Race Course

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Brighton Beach Race Course
Location Brighton Beach, Coney Island, New York, United States
Owned by Brighton Beach Racing Association
Date opened June 28, 1879 (135 years ago) (1879-06-28)
Course type Flat & Steeplechase
Notable races
Flat:
Brighton Derby
Brighton Handicap
Brighton Junior Stakes
Brighton Mile
Brighton Oaks

The Brighton Beach Race Course was an American Thoroughbred horse racing facility opened at Brighton Beach, Coney Island, New York on June 28, 1879 by the Brighton Beach Racing Association.[1] Headed by real estate developer William A. Engeman, who owned the Brighton Beach Hotel, the one-mile race track was located next to the hotel between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue.[2] An instant success, the race track drew wealthy patrons from New York City and harness racing was introduced in 1901.[3]

Among its most important Thoroughbred horse racing events was the Brighton Derby for three-year-olds, and the Brighton Handicap that was open to older horses. On July 17, 1900, at the Brighton Beach Race Course, James R. Keene's horse Voter [1] set a new World Record of 1:38.00 for a mile on dirt.[4]

Located next to the race track, the Brighton Beach Hotel was also developed by William A. Engeman

The business prospered until 1908 when the New York Legislature passed the Hart-Agnew Law which banned gambling in New York State.[5][6][7] Motor racing events were held at the facility in an attempt to keep the track from closing but even after horse racing returned to New York it was too late to save the track. At the time it ceased horse racing operations, the Brighton Beach Race Course was the oldest horse track in steady use in the New York City area.[8] The racetrack was then used for automomobile racing for a time and after other measures failed to make it viable, the facility was finally torn down and by the 1920s replaced by residential housing.

See also defunct New York race tracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Races at Brighton Beach; Horses Floundering in the Sand". The New York Times. June 29, 1879. p. 12. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  2. ^ United States Geological Survey (1898). Brooklyn, NY Quadrangle (Map). 1:62,500. 15 Minute Series (Topographic). Section SW. http://docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/Brooklyn.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ "Brighton Beach Trots; Completed Programme Shows Attractive Entries for Races". The New York Times. August 5, 1901. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Voter Beat All Records; Keene's Fleet Horse Made a New World's Mark for a Mile". The New York Times. July 18, 1900. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  5. ^ Rhode, Paul W.; Strumpf, Koleman (October 2008), Historical Political Futures Markets: An International Perspective, National Bureau of Economic Research, retrieved 2010-01-16 
  6. ^ "Brighton to Try Turf Experiment; Purse Programmes Will Test Popularity of Racing Under New Conditions". The New York Times. July 6, 1908. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  7. ^ "Won't Sell Brighton Track; William Engeman Denies Reports that Negotiations Are Pending". The New York Times. August 10, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  8. ^ "Crowd at Harness Races; Brighton Trotting Meeting Opened with Fine Sport". The New York Times. August 14, 1891. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 

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Coordinates: 40°34′45″N 73°57′49″W / 40.57917°N 73.96361°W / 40.57917; -73.96361